The main reason people choose to have braces in Kent is so they can benefit from having a more cosmetically pleasing smile. There is little doubt that straighter teeth can look more attractive, but there are numerous other benefits to having orthodontic treatment that are all too easy to overlook. These benefits are possibly even more important, as they will positively affect your oral health.

Straighter Teeth are easier to Clean

It is as simple as that, and if you do have teeth that are quite wonky, or which are significantly overcrowded then you’ll be all too aware of what a struggle it can be to floss properly, or to even brush all the surfaces of your teeth. Having straighter teeth will make it much easier to clean them thoroughly, so you’ll benefit from healthier gums, will have less chance of developing tooth decay in those hard to reach areas, and if your mouth is cleaner you are more likely to have fresher breath.

Correctly Aligned Teeth Will Wear More Evenly

Your occlusion is the way your teeth meet together, and if your teeth are significantly out of occlusion then it will affect the way your teeth wear. The forces created during biting and chewing will gradually wear down your teeth, so if some of your teeth are higher than others they will be subjected to greater biting forces, increasing the wear and tear. These teeth will be more at risk of chipping and fracturing and of requiring restorative work in the future. In addition, these additional stresses may affect your temporomandibular joint. This is the joint responsible for moving your jaw up and down and from side to side. Problems with this joint can be quite painful as it can become tender and inflamed.

Invisible Braces Allow You to Straighten Discreetly

Today’s modern braces use the very latest technology to straighten your teeth more quickly and more discreetly than ever before. Treatment may take as little as six months, depending on the degree of straightening required. Some braces can be removed, and look a little like a clear mouthguard, while others are still fixed in place, but can use clear or tooth coloured brackets that are self-ligating so there is no need for elastics.

Parrock Street offers lots of different types of orthodontic systems, so Dr Rik Trivedi or another of our dentists can select the brace that is right for you, and which will give you the best results in the minimum amount of time. You can find out more about all our braces on our website, at or call us to book a consultation on 01474 537191.